High Efficiency Electric Power Manager for Man-Portable Photovoltaic Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,919.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-14-P-1111
Agency Tracking Number:
O133-EP2-2210
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD13-EP2
Solicitation Number:
2013.3
Small Business Information
APECOR
3267 Progress Drive, Ste. 106A, Orlando, FL, 32826-2930
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
098250561
Principal Investigator:
John Elmes III
VP of Advanced Technology
(407) 476-4747
jelmes@apecor.com
Business Contact:
Antoine Khoury
CEO
(407) 476-4747
akhoury@apecor.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Apecor will develop an advanced portable power manager for rapid field recharging of military rechargeable batteries from foldable photovoltaic (PV) panels as well as scavenged energy from any available power source. This power manager will be to directly support the soldier by reducing the necessary burden of carried batteries, and reduce the logistical burden of transporting energy to the field of battle. The power manager must be extremely efficient, integrate advanced multi-objective digital control techniques, implement high speed maximum power point tracking (MPPT), and have the ability to connect to an ad-hoc power sharing network between multiple power managers so as to improve operational effectiveness. Apecor has developed and currently manufactures a high performance PV battery charger for the BB-XX90 battery which has been shown to exceed the performance of comparable products drastically (30%-50% faster charging) due to advanced high speed MPPT and digital control algorithms. This new technology will integrate Apecor's proven state -of-the-art MPPT and solar battery charge algorithms with a new soft switching bidirectional DC-DC converter topology, advanced magnetic components, high density electronic packaging and cooling technology, high performance digital control and power management techniques, and a rugged yet low cost enclosure design.

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